The Perfect Tailored Shorts Styled 2 Ways

petite shorts flat sandals outfit for travel vacation

Vici blouse xs (2 colors), tailored shorts xxs (3 colors), Sam Edelman sandals 5, Polene bag (my review)

I’ve been on the hunt all summer for a pair of longer tailored shorts, and have to say these are a home run!! I love that they have a polished look in the front with a zipper and button opening, plus the comfort of a stretch waistband in the back. The mid-thigh length is an elegant change from my shorter shorts, and the fabric is a comfy lightweight and fluid material that can be dressed up or down. I’m partnering with Nordstrom to share 2 ways to style these, plus a few other recent finds that will transition well into the next season.

1. Dressed Up // Tank + blazer + belt + sandals

smart casual blazer and tailored shorts outfit

For my everyday casual look, I’d pair these shorts simply with this classic ribbed tank (great basic! not too cropped) plus a waist belt and flat sandals or sneakers. But throw on a relaxed blazer and some sandals or heels, and the look is transformed into a chic look for dinner or a smart casual event. If you missed my review of this blazer last month, note that it’s definitely a longer length and many petite shoppers might prefer the shorter version. I kept the longer one because I found the length to be more versatile for the mostly smart casual outfits I wear lately, but the short version would be easier to pair for business casual looks.

2. Dressed Down // Button up shirt + flat sandals

how to style tailored shorts for petites

 Vici blouse xs (2 colors), shorts xxs, Sam Edelman sandals 5 (my review), Polene bag (my review)

My photos here don’t really capture the feminine French-chic details that set this button up shirt apart from the usual. There’s delicate ruffles along the collar, fabric covered buttons along the center and the sleeve cuffs, and a subtle stripe textured fabric.

It’s a light and airy blouse so the sleeves puff gently and don’t feel too voluminous, and the material is soft enough to casually knot in the front. I was convinced by the 5 star reviews to get both colors and can see each one getting a lot of wear!

petite nordstrom fall 2022 outfits

Counterclockwise from top left: tailored shorts (3 colors) xxs , low ankle strap pumps (2.5″ heel) 5.5, envelope neckline sweater xxs, button up shirt xs (2 colors), ribbed crop tank xxs


tan pleated tailored shorts petite

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  1. Leah Lewis wrote:

    Absolutely adorable, I love this look! <3

    Posted 8.23.22 Reply

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